November is National Diabetes Month and it is also the fifth anniversary of Nick Jonas finding out that he was battling type 1 diabetes. Nick chatted with Family Circle about his condition: At first I was afraid. I didn’t know if I was going to die. But once I realized the disease can be managed, I started to feel better.. Getting diabetes gave me an opportunity to inspire people who may be feeling the way
I felt when I first got diagnosed, unsure and alone. I want adults and kids to know that there are new tools that make living with the disease easier than ever. For example, I love using Bayer’s USB contour meter. It tracks my blood sugar for me and plugs into my computer, so I can send my numbers electronically to my doctor or whoever needs to see them.
Awkward telling friends you are diabetic? I’m not ashamed. It’s not something I could have helped or even something I want to hide. It has become a part of my everyday life and a part of who I am. Being honest about the disease with people who are close to me is key to being comfortable with it myself.
Anyone else in your family have diabetes? Actually, yes. I’ve never talked about this before, but my grandfather was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It was such a shock. First I felt sad for him, because it’s not something that’s fun to live with, but he’s strong enough to get through it. Now that I know a lot about diabetes, I can help him. We were always close, but sharing this disease makes me feel connected to him in a different way.
What advice would you give to kids living with diabetes? Rely on others. You can be the most independent person in the world, but if you ever need help, don’t be afraid to say so. Is it hard juggling acting and two bands?
Nah, it’s fun. My goal is just to stay true to myself. I was starting to write songs that were stylistically different than Jonas Brothers music, so I ventured out with the Administration to see where it takes me. So far it’s been a gratifying experience.
What’s planned next for you and your brothers? It’s all up in the air right now. But there will be a lot coming from the Jonas family in 2011, whether it’s stuff we’re doing together or separately, so look out for it!